Anima Mundi

Last updated by Darren on 03 July 2009

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Anima Mundi is a film about animals.  It contains no actors, has not plot and has no script.  Anima Mundi was created by Godfrey Reggio who also created Koyaanisqatsi.

Anima Mundi was commissioned by the Italian jewellery company Bvlgari, for the World Wide Fund for Nature which used the film for its Biological Diversity Program.  The breathtaking images of nature where intended to make the viewer feel that they where part of the natural world.  Philip Glass provided the musical score in Anima Mundi, as with all of Godfrey Reggio's films. 

The concept of the term Anima Mundi is that the order and beauty of nature are made of the almost endless species and varieties of animals, elements and beings that make a balanced whole.  All of the shots in Anima Mundi relate to this though, rather than just being images of animals that one might find in a BBC documentary.

The footage in Anima Mundi is made up of existing and newly shot footage.  Only the finest existing footage was considered for the film.  The score provides a good accompaniment to the animal scenes.  Philip Glass often provides an unusual score, as is the case with Anima Mundi.  However the sounds and rhythms complement the film well. 

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Credits

  • Directed by Godfrey Reggio
  • Edited by Miroslav Janek
  • Produced by Lawrence Taub, Institute for Regional Education, USA.
  • Music Composed by Philip Glass
  • Also know as 'The Soul of the World'
  • 28 minutes

Hello,

Thanks for making this site. We have a lot in common, it seems! I saw Anima Mundi at a private showing before it was released, and I was stunned. I had an opportunity to see it again in '93 but not since. I'm not aware that it's ever been released for home video. Do you know whether it has, or whether there are plans to do so? I would so love to see it, and I want to show it to my friends who I know would love it, too.

Anima Mundi has been released to VHS and DVD in the past. However I think it is now out of print, and probably hard to find. Maybe you could find a used DVD somewhere. Or download it if you are lucky.

Hi,

Thx for your excellent site. Love it! I'm a writer of children's plays and right now I'm working on a play around astronauts and the vulnerability of our blue planet viewed from outer space. I remember seeing a movie in the ninetees where some astronauts give a testimony about being in space and seeing mother earth and thinking how precious she is...any idea which film this might've been.

x John Hoelen

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